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  • Harris, Richard Robert
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • This thesis begins from the assumption that there are inherent tensions within contemporary democratic citizenship that cause intractable conflicts between citizens over political policies. These conflicts are often caused by a lack of understanding of each other’s positions as well as a lack of concern for the common good. The thesis will attempt to defend one central argument: that a rich description of the actual physical political spaces in which political and ethical commitments are formed helps to provide us with both a clearer picture of the limitations and highest potentials of contemporary citizenship. To demonstrate this point, the study critically considers the work of Alasdair MacIntyre, Romand Coles, and Jeffrey Stout, describing and evaluating their distinctive conceptions of political space. While the work underlines the importance of examining physical political space when studying citizenship, it also points towards a new, more hopeful vision for democratic citizenship itself.
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  • Lienesch, Michael
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